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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Touching Lives

By Ken Horn
July 10, 2011

I was a youngster when David Wilkerson came to national prominence and Teen Challenge was born. Over the years, I had the privilege of meeting him a few times. Throughout my ministry, his words and life have had an impact on me — as they have on countless others.

David Wilkerson was mentored by Leonard Ravenhill, who had been taught by Samuel Chadwick. Ravenhill was a close friend of A.W. Tozer. All four of these men were of the same spiritual stock. Chadwick, Ravenhill and Tozer have left behind challenging writings that continue to stir believers to genuine godliness. Thankfully, David Wilkerson has also left behind a wealth of writings (and recordings) — a legacy that now places him alongside those godly men. His ministry continues.

Wilkerson did not invest time in kowtowing to the culture or making his ministry palatable (an unfortunate current trend). But, while some might see his message as stern, his ministry was always honest, compassionate, loving and active. No one could ever accuse him of not practicing what he preached. He touched lives, and countless souls will see heaven because he responded to God’s call to deepen his ministry. Somehow this “square” preacher could reach everyone from young gang members to the homeless and even the affluent.

In a day when “rock star” preachers are placed on pedestals, may we have more men and women of God like David Wilkerson.

On April 27, David Wilkerson was killed in a car accident. His wife, Gwen, who was also in the car, is expected to recover fully.

In his final blog entry, posted on the day of his death, Wilkerson addressed “those going through the valley and shadow of death.” He said: “Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail — His love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in His Word. There is no other hope in this world.” (You can read that message on page 28.)

This issue is our tribute to a life well lived.

Ken Horn


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